Young American Shakespeare Festival

Walden Theatre is proud to announce the annual Young American Shakespeare Festival. This year’s festival runs May 12-22 in the Victor Jory Theatre at Actors Theatre of Louisville and features three great plays by Shakespeare performed in repertory: Othello, Twelfth Night, and Antony and Cleopatra.

“Working with Shakespeare,” said Charlie Sexton, Artistic Director at Walden Theatre, “gives students the ability to see the world from a a variety of perspectives, and it deepens their understanding of a range of ideas and subjects. The themes that Shakespeare explores cover the whole spectrum of human experience.”

  • OTHELLO – directed by Charlie Sexton
    May 14, 15 @ 2pm and May 17, 20, 22 @7:30pm

    In the tragedy Othello, the Moor of Venice, a general sails off to war accompanied by his wife and a military cohort, but dishonesty, jealously, and betrayal among his staff portend trouble. Before long, Othello finds his life and everything meaningful to him methodically, cruelly wrenched away through the machinations of a trusted companion.
  • TWELFTH NIGHT – directed by J. Barrett Cooper
    May 13, 15, 18, 21 @7:30 and May 22 @2pm
    Love is excessive, love is crazy, love is painful, and love is confusing. And among Shakespeare’s comedies, love triangles don’t get much more entertaining than in Twelfth Night; or What You Will. A young woman masquerading as a man is caught between her love for the duke Orsino, for whom she’s a messenger and confidante, and the affections of the countess Olivia who’s fallen (in more ways than one) for the disguise.
  • ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA – directed by Alec Volz
    May 12, 14, 16, 19 @7:30 and May 21 @ 2pm
    Brilliant general Antony has repeatedly given himself over to the charms of Cleopatra and the languor of Egypt, even as events around the Mediterranean require his intervention. Maneuvering among the three co-successors to Julius Caesar threatens both a major military showdown and great personal tragedy for all involved. Antony and Cleopatra features honor, might, and love – with all the Roman world for a stage.

All public performances take place at the Victor Jory Theatre at Actors Theatre of Louisville, 316 West Main Street, Louisville, Ky. For information, please contact Walden Theatre at 502-589-0084 or mail@waldentheatre.org. Tickets are general admission, and all performances are fully accessible. For tickets, call the Actors Theatre box office at 502-584-1205. Evenings: adults $15, students/seniors $10. Matinees: adults $10, students/seniors $8. Special rates are available to ArtsCard holders. For group rates, please contact Dan Welch in the Walden Theatre administrative offices.

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